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Walker, Benjamin (1753-1818) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.05426 Author/Creator: Walker, Benjamin (1753-1818) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 24 April 1792 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 32.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Apologizes for not fully answering Knox's last letter, but has been preoccupied with the current business crisis in New York: has been trying to save himself from financial ruin. Relates a conversation with Mr. [Royal] Flint about raising the money needed by General [Henry] Jackson. Urges that they make final arrangements with Madame de Leval and Mr. de la Roche regarding their settlement of lands in Maine. Believes they may not be able to actually settle there until the following year. Finally discusses the poor financial prospects of Mr. [William] Duer, concluding that he does not think it likely he will be able to make a settlement with his creditors. "Free" stamped on address leaf with no signature.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Walker, Benjamin, 1753-1818
Flint, Royal, 1754-1797
Jackson, Henry, 1747-1809
Roche, Jean-Baptiste de la, fl. 1790-1792
Leval, Rosalie Josephe Bacler de, fl. 1790-1796
Duer, William, 1747-1799

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralFinanceEconomicsPovertyDebtLand TransactionWaldo PatentWomen of the Founding EraWomen's HistoryImmigration and MigrationRefugeesFrance

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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